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Square Dances Without Calls

Square dances without calls is instrumental music that was made for square dancing. During the square dance boom of the 1950s many musicians were mobilized to form bands and record who would not have been recorded otherwise. Most of these were made when records were still in the 78 rpm format. This collection of recordings can be used for square, round, and contra dancing. Many of them came with call sheets, or cue sheets containing the intended dance instructions. In some cases a vocally prompted version was also made. If you are a musician, you can listen and learn from these files. If you are a dance facilitator, you can practice with them. If you are a dancer, you can dance to them. The easy access of this format allows you to quickly sample to find something you like.

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White Cockade / Miss McLeod's Reel / Galway Piper (medley) played by The American Square Dance Orchestra in 1945. Keynote Records K-555-A on Album K-130-5.
Topics: made for square dance, instrumental, folk fiddle, New York City
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Orange Blossom Special. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Roy Horton & His String Band featuring Slim Coxx. Square Dances. 1959. Fiddle tunes without calls. Bile Dem Cabbage Down, Black Mountain Rag, Cacklin' Hen/Chicken Reel (medley), Flop Eared Mule, Gal I Left Behind/Buffalo Gals (medley), Ida Red, Kingdom Comin', Listen to the Mockin' Bird, Ragtime Annie/Ol' Joe Clark (medley), Rubber Dolly, Skip To My Lou, Whistlin' Rufus.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tunes, Roy Horton, without calls, instrumental, traditional music
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Pretty Lady played by Earl and His Hoedowners. Blue Star record label around 1960.
Topics: fiddle tune, square dance music, Earl Caruthers
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Five instrumental cuts from the 1947 Cowboy Dances album. Duel in the Sun Orchestra. These are medleys of two tunes each. A good reference for musicians to learn from. Practice accompaniment for callers to use. Traditional, clear, and crisp. Pig Town Hoedown / Lamplighter Nelly Bly / Four and Twenty White Cockade / Four White Horses Honest John / Chichester I Wonder / Romping Molly
Topics: square dances without calls, Lloyd Shaw, Cowboy Dances, 1947
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Two traditional tunes from Carl Journell's Square Dance Band. Made for square dancing around 1948. Texas Style. Cotton Eyed Joe Little Brown Jug
Topics: square dances without calls, Carl Journell, Texas, traditional fiddle music, accordion
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Texas Schottische. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Chicken Reel. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, without calls, Bill Wimberly
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Ragtime Annie. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Ragtime Annie, without calls, Bill Wimberly
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Arkansas Traveler. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, instrumental music, traditional folk, Bill...
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Black Mountain Rag. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Bill Wimberly, Black Mountain Rag,...
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Jackson's Hornpipe, Tommy Jackson and his orchestra. Around 1960
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Boil Them Cabbage Down. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Bill Wimberly, without calls
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Put Your Little Foot. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Viola Ruth bounded all around Arizona and landed in Phoenix. Here she is playing fiddle and singing with her daughter, Marie, on piano. These were taken from reel-to-reel tape and wire recordings found at the Arizona Historical Foundation. Much more information is available about her. Arizona's Pioneer Reunion March (medley) Blacksmiths Quadrille Bony Smith's Quadrille Peek-A-Boo Waltz Quadrille (sung with Marie) Now you waltz down the center and there you divide Lady to the right, gent the...
Topics: Viola Ruth, Phoenix, traditional American, folk fiddle, pioneer western
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Leather Britches. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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My Rubber Dolly. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Tennessee Wagner. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, instrumental music, traditional folk, Bill...
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Sally Johnson, fiddle tune played by Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, Sally Johnson, fiddle tune, Tommy Jackson
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Devil's Dream. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, Bill Wimberly, instrumental music, traditional...
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Liberty. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, traditional folk, instrumental music, Bill...
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Paddy on the Turnpike. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Stone's Rag. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Gray Eagle. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Eighth of January. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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"Spanish Circle" dance. A folk dance in waltz time. Music is Cielito Lindo played by Jack Barbour's California Clippers
Topics: Spanish Circle, Jack Barbour, California Clippers, Cielito Lindo, Round dance